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Title Catalyst: Australian Museum Eureka Prizes/Penguins
Published Australia : ABC, 2010
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Summary The Oscars of Aussie science - the Eureka Awards; penguin winners and losers; your pass to the Australian Museum; the unsung hero of science - the Zebra Finch!AUSTRALIAN MUSEUM EUREKA PRIZESThe Australian Museum Eureka Prizes are the Oscars of Australian science. Catalyst brings you the winners of the major awards including the young recipient of the Sleek Geeks Prize for students and the illustrious People's Choice Award. In this year The International Year of Biodiversity, Catalyst focuses on the loss of species and the importance of not squandering the world's natural wealth. Prominent scientists in attendance voice their views on the potential gains that can be made from highly diverse ecosystems and what is at stake if we don't maintain them.PENGUINS - WINNERS AND LOSERSGentoo and Adelie Penguins live side by side on the Antarctic Peninsula. Over the past few decades the Adelie penguin populations have been declining quite rapidly, while over the same period the Gentoo has risen in number and extended their range. These changes are largely the result of a reduction in sea ice which has caused a decline in the amount of krill available for the penguins to feed on. Dr Paul Willis travels to the world's coldest continent, to find out how our southern neighbours are faring in a warming world. ZEBRA FINCH Australia has celebrated several renowned scientists. But there is one unsung hero that deserves a special mention - the Zebra Finch. This attractive little bird's resilience in the Australian environment, monogamous breeding habit and birdsong has seen it become one of scientists' darlings for research. They are the second bird in history to have their genome mapped. In this profile, the extent of the contribution to science of this true Aussie battler is revealed. PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDSFind out if the scientist you voted for is the next ambassador for science. Who will carry the mantle of the People's Choice Award into 2012?
Notes Closed captioning in English
Event Broadcast 2010-08-26 at 20:00:00
Notes Classification: NC
Subject Global warming -- Environmental aspects.
Penguins -- Habitat.
Sea level -- Environmental aspects.
Zebra finch -- Behavior.
Antarctic Regions -- Antarctic Peninsula.
Australia.
Form Streaming video
Author Berents, Penny, contributor
Demasi, Maryanne, reporter
Emmerson, Louise, contributor
Faith, Dan, contributor
Fookes, Clinton, contributor
Horstman, Mark, reporter
Kingsford, Richard, contributor
Kruszelnicki, Karl, contributor
Lindenmayer, David, contributor
Major, Richard, contributor
Phillips, Graham, host
Spencer, Adam, contributor
Willis, Paul, reporter